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So I've gotten through all of my A&P I lecture and lab exams other than the finals! My average in both classes is an 85...a solid B! However; I find myself bothered by this because I have always been a straight A student, in fact I graduated valedictorian of my hs this year! I work 20 hours a week on top of school, but I feel like I am still able to put more than enough time into these classes! Should I just get over my expectation/hope of making straight A's in nursing school?

Compassion_x

Compassion_x

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I wouldn't worry about it. Most A students end up making B's in nursing school. Once you get to the core nursing classes, you are learning a totally new way of thinking, really. And besides, the most important thing is passing the NCLEX, not getting As instead of Bs. ;) You should be fine.

hodgieRN

hodgieRN

Specializes in ER trauma, ICU - trauma, neuro surgical. Has 10 years experience. 643 Posts

Remember that you are being introduced to the medical world. It is a massive entity that is always changing. Grade school and high school can be somewhat limited unless you are taking AP courses (which basically covers freshman classes.) This is the probably the first time you are learning about the body and all it's disease processes. Even high school chemistry doesn't compare to college level chem, biochem, and organic. I took AP chem in high school and we covered that in college chem I by mid-terms. It's a lot of information and it will continue all through college. Plus, you have job that ties up study time. School, work, relationships, and family is what creates adulthood. This is the time where you learn the foundation of success in your life. I did well in high school, along with swimming and working on weeknights. The beginning of college was a wake up call for me, but I quickly identified a new tactics and strategies for school. High school prepares you for college. College prepares you for a career, so the gloves come off with the studying and examinations. Stick with it. You will find how to manage your time and prioritize your needs. As time goes on, all the medical/ nursing classes will start feeding into each other, and it will start clicking. Never doubt yourself. Use your grades as an assessment of what you need to improve. Don't use it as an assessment of how smart you are. You can't draw that conclusion with something so new. In this field, perfectionism can be your worst enemy. In my opinion, perfectionism causes self doubt. Have faith in yourself and remember that getting a B is not a failure. Besides, I've seen straight-A nursing students become soup sandwiches at the bedside, while the average student shines.

jvanwoman

jvanwoman

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I hate getting a B too but I am already preparing myself for the fact that I will not get an A in Spanish this semester :(